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Saudischer Intellektueller: Palästinenser sind selbst schuld an ihrer Lage


Turki Al-Hamad, der saudische Romancier und Essayist schreibt in der arabischen Tageszeitung Asharq Alawsat:

Here, the Fatah-Hamas relationship is not as important as raising a direct question that has to do with the neglected issue: Where were we, where are we now and who is to blame for the critical situation that the Palestinians are living − especially the average Palestinians, and us with them?

There may be numerous causes that together brought about the present situation, but the bigger share of blame lies on the Palestinians themselves. From Amman – we do not want to mention what happened earlier – to Beirut, Madrid and Oslo, the Palestinians, or rather their leaders, have missed out on chances that most likely could have changed the situation.

Turki Al-Hamad

Today, they are pointing their guns at one another and shedding their own blood, disregarding the Mecca Declaration and forgetting their oaths in the vicinity of the Grand Mosque for the sake of an ideological difference. They are fighting for a fragile authority or over a cabinet portfolio or a handful of bloody dollars − and then they wonder how their blood is cheap for the enemy even though it already cheaper among themselves. The cause became insignificant because those entitled with it made it so by not living up to the responsibility. For some, this cause even ended up as a profitable trade that is bought and sold for the lowest prices.

The Quran says, “Allah changeth not the condition of a folk until they (first) change that which is in their hearts” (13: 11), and the Bible tells us that God does not help those who do not help themselves. And here lies the gist of the issue… and of everything else.